"America's Family Manager" Kathy Peel Offers Money Saving Tips for School Shopping Rush
A recent survey conducted on behalf of Kodak found that more than half of parents dread the shopping expenses that come with the beginning of a school year and one out of two parents say they have exceeded their back-to-school budget at least once. What used to be a simple trip for notebooks and pencils has become a day of tracking down a growing list of pricey technology items, like computers and cell phones. No surprise, considering families with school-age children are expected to spend $563.49 on back-to-school merchandise this year, up 6.9 percent from last year's average.
While computers and other electronics may not seem like necessary school supplies, kids as young as seven years old2 use computers for schoolwork. Additionally, nearly two in five parents surveyed indicated that their children spend more than five hours per week using a home computer and/or printer to complete schoolwork or projects.
Back to school season is here and Parents Magazine editor Taryn Mohrman and style expert Jene Luciani join us with the results of a Parents Magazine survey on what moms and their kids are looking for this season!
Fall is right around the corner, so what should you do to get ready? Here are some basics to get the whole family prepared.
As summer winds down, it's time for back to school shopping. But
according to Capital One's seventh annual Back To School Shopping
Survey, parents stepping out to shop with their kids may overlook a
golden opportunity to talk dollars and cents.
New products meet trend-conscious desires within tighter shopping budgets
OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leader in office products and services, is making back-to-school shopping more affordable and fun this season with four new exclusive collections – Kritter Krew, Flower Power, Peace and Posey. Designed with a younger, style-conscious student in mind, the new collections feature a host of school supplies in pop art-style colors and shapes.
"Kids get enthusiastic about picking out school supplies and parents aren't going to want to let budget concerns squash that excitement," said Ryan Vero, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for OfficeMax. "These OfficeMax products let the kids have excitement in style and design but won't break their parent's back-to-school shopping budget."
The new collections include back-to-school essentials like notebooks, jumbo paperclips, memo cubes, backpacks, scented markers, key chains, two pocket portfolios, lunch boxes and more.
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (July 15, 2009) - Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world's largest office products company, marked the start of the back-to-school shopping season today by reducing prices on 250 school supplies; bringing back the Most Wonderful Time of the Year commercial; and selecting one lucky school to kick off the season with a free shopping spree.
"We know it may be mid-summer, but at Staples, we know that back-to-school shopping has begun," said Mike Miles, Staples president and COO. "Schools like Old River Elementary in Brentwood, CA, are only a few weeks away from opening, and many families like to get a head start on their back-to-school lists. Staples is ready to help them save."
This year, in addition to reducing prices on more than 250 core back-to-school items all season long, Staples is featuring the following ways to save:
* During the week of July 19, families can earn Staples Rewards that match the full price of a backpack purchase - an opportunity to save big on one of the must-have items on most students' shopping lists;
* Increasing discounts on Staples Brand items, like the Better Binder(tm) and ACCEL Notebook(r), that provide great quality at a great price;
* Offering a series of weekly penny and dollar specials that provide opportunities for parents to get supplies on their shopping lists at significant savings.
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New York, NY - This year, back-to-school shopping won't be a headache; with new tips from Cotton Incorporated, parents can dress their children for the head of the class without breaking the bank.
"With just a few key pieces, like zippered hoodies, leggings, and denim jackets, parents can prepare their child's summer wardrobe for fall while still keeping a careful eye on their household budgets," says Linda DeFranco, Director, Product Trend Analysis, Cotton Incorporated.
Despite the economic downturn, 77% of consumers say they plan to purchase new clothing for their children this fall, according to the Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle MonitorTM survey.
The great news for consumers is that extending the life of their children's summer wardrobes for the school year doesn't have to be costly or time consuming. Supplementing what children have worn all summer with just a few heavier-weight items that can transition into the fall will ensure kids are always comfortably and appropriately dressed for the changing weather.
View the accompanying webisode at www.TheFabricofOurLives**** for tips on how to layer your child's wardrobe for a cost-efficient way to bring summer clothes into the fall. With just a few key pieces like cotton leggings and hoodies, parents can equip their children for the school year without emptying their wallets.
Cutting Cost With Cotton is one in a series of communications designed to help consumers in trying economic times get the most from their favorite fiber.
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Among the many challenging facing middle schoolers and their parents is the traditional, back-to-school shopping excursion. Watch out! Office supplies stores are ready and waiting to sell you anything and everything under the guise that it’s all essential
End your summer right at the CiCi's Pizza Ultimate Pizza Party on August 8th and receive $100 worth of savings just in time for back-to-school shopping!
Yesterday’s call from a reporter on the topic budget-minded back to school shopping prompted today’s show on the very same topic. With the four top strategies from today’s show you can save time, money and frustration.
Walmart Store #3339 in Vineland, Cumberland County, NJ, was the scene of a Back to School Shopping Spree for members of New Jersey Boys and Girls Clubs. Club members received backpacks, school supplies, and a $100 shopping card courtesy of Walmart, and shopped with club advisors. In this video news wrapper, Steve Lubetkin reports on the event and interviews store manager Mark Conley, Boys and Girls Club members, and Boys and Girls Club NJ State 2008 Youth of the Year Cristal Millan of the Altantic City Boys and Girls Club. The Vineland Walmart Supercenter is located at 1070 W. Landis Avenue in Vineland. The store phone number is 1-856-205-9940.
Tiffany performs her single, "Miles," a song she wrote about motherhood. Co-hosts Lisa Camenzind, Amy Trayer, and Michelle Gannon discuss the new national social index called the Mom Index, back-to-school shopping, the creativity crisis in our country, and their Moms FAVS for the week!